from 3 reviews
PADI Dive Center
Nature Island Dive Resort
PO Box 2354
12th February 2012 by DeborahG
Seven great years of Diving with Nature Island Dive!
Visit Date: February 2011
This is a great, locally owned, managed and staffed dive operation. My husband and I have enjoyed over 100 of our 500 dives with Karen and the staff at Nature Island Dive. We cannot recommend them enough. The best diving on the island is off the beach in Souffriere. You are only minutes away and a cushy boat ride from what we like to call "the Grand Canyon of Diving". Pristine reefs and walls, lots of turtles, and diverse fish. Want to see a frog fish? A seahorse? Just ask. Tony, Oscar and Wifi are from Dominica and know these reefs like the back of their hands. You may see and hear dolphins underwater or at the surface so be attentive! They truly care that each and every client has a superior and personalized diving experience. I have rarely seen a more patient and caring dive operation. They provide a small group experience customized to the divers' experience, conditions and aspirations. We hope to enjoy many more years of diving with Nature Island Dive!
28th November 2009 by scubadiver76
Diving Dominica 2009 with NID
Visit Date: June 2009
Our annual dive trip took us to the lovely tropical island of Dominica this year. We traveled to Soufriere via a pre-arranged shuttle carrying passengers with different drop offs. The island is very lush and tropical, and for those unaware this means that it rains a lot here. It also means there are numerous waterfalls. If you are not used to narrow winding roads (without pavement markings) consider this before your trip.
The first part of our trip was a week at Galette Cottage diving with Nature Island Dive. Nature Island is a wonderful group with great staff that are very attentive to your needs. For example when we checked out our gear was still wet so Karen offered to bring it to our next stop once everything dried. The diving herre is wonderful - we saw no big animals but turtles on every dive, lots of fish and great underwater topography. The night dive was tied for first place with last years Town Pier in Bonaire. There were so many large crab, eels, and burr fish I could not keep an accurate count of each.
Galette cottage is located part way between Soufriere and Scotts Head so we had mountain bikes to get back and forth to the dive shop each morning. Galette Cottage is right on the water with a fantastic view of the entire bay. All diving is done in the area so there are no long boat rides. Diving is fantastic though there was some coral damage in shallow areas close to Soufriere. This is a casual experinence so if you need 5 star accomodations this isn't for you. We bicycled to Scott's Head a few times for lunch and dinner and to hike Scott's Head itself for a sunset. The people are warm and friendly if you are. Because we stayed in a cottage with a full kitchen our only eating out was in Scott's Head, but everything we had was good.
After our week of diving we moved "into town" the capital - Roseau. We stayed at the Evergreen which has a lovely resturant right on the water. We ate most of our meals here because they were so good. Once again the staff were wonderful and the rooms nice with a view of the water. The only down side was no fridge in the room. We did the whale watching trip with Anchorage and saw several whales. They do not get close to the animals. It is interesting to see them - even from a distance - lying on the surface breathing to oxyginate their blood before diving. We spent one day with a driver we hired to take us to several areas including Emerald Pool and several other waterfalls - very beautiful but get going early to avoid crowds. We also spent a day walking/shopping around Roseau and found a wonderful seafood and produce open air market. We now know that when we return we will definately reverse our trip staying in Roseau first, shopping at the open air market for fresh seafood and vegetables then going to Soufriere for our week (or more!) of diving.
24th March 2009 by Pepperminsky
Phenominal Local-run Scuba fun
Visit Date: January 2009
We enjoyed the people and the diving. Some advantages of diving from Soufriere are that you support a locally owned operation, the shop is so close to the dive sites that you take your dive interval back at the shop (instead of traveling down by boat from Roseau and sitting out the hour on the boat), and you get to participate in the culture of the community. Wifi is a WONDERFUL underwater tour guide and everyone is really intent on making every aspect of your trip wonderful. Only possible improvement wd be if cookies and drink were offered during the dive interval, but this possible deficiency is offset by having your own day-dive locker where you can stash exactly what *you* want to have. We were there 5 days and had an excellent time. Also the people of the villages of Soufriere and Scott's Head are wonderful.